The fact that there are numerous nap bars opening in the U.S. and around the world is evidence enough that the number of people who are sleep deprived is on the rise. But are we so busy that we now need to pay money and rent a spot to take a nap?
The Concept of Nap Bars
For those who are not familiar with nap bars, these are establishments that offer comfortable sleeping arrangements for as short as 15 minutes to sessions of 90 minutes or longer. These locations allow you to rent beds or rooms for a quick power nap in the middle of the day or a longer siesta to catch up on the previous night’s lost sleep.
With nap bars popping up in key cities like New York, Paris, Dubai, Madrid and London, they are sure to become a trend in other parts of the world too. These spaces for temporary relaxation offer custom designed napping environments, complete with a comfortable mattress, soft pillows, soothing music and even bedtime stories to lull you into a deep sleep.
Some of the specialized features offered in these nap bars include:
- Washable mattresses
- Environmentally friendly decor
- Aromatherapy to induce peaceful sleep
- Premium-quality bed linens
- Comfortable beds or armchairs
- Ergonomic chaise lounges
- Masseurs to help you relax
- Blankets that play lullabies
- Headphones to listen to the music of your choice
- Accessories like pajamas, earplugs, toothbrushes, silk sleep masks and socks
Do We Need Nap Bars?
We live in times when everyone, including kids, leads extremely busy lives, with tightly-packed schedules and barely any time to relax. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue that can lead to other problems like feeling dull and drowsy throughout the day, lowered ability to perform at your job, weight gain, obesity and an overall dip in the quality of life.
While an occasional night of sleeplessness may still be easily compensated for, a constant deprivation may even be a symptom of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. The time we spend sleeping is utilized by the heart vessels to heal from a day full of activity and when you aren’t able to sleep, the recuperation does not happen.
If this continues for longer periods of time, it could lead to high blood pressure and cardiovascular ailments. Insufficient sleep may also disrupt the production of certain hormones like testosterone and growth hormones.
While regular exercise, a healthy diet and maintaining a sleep schedule may help most, there are many people who might need further assistance with achieving peaceful sleep at night.
Most of us, who are sleep deprived, might still prefer to catch up on lost sleep in the comfort of our homes, but there may be some jet-setters who need to rent a space in the middle of the workday to catch up on their Zs. And, these nap bars may be perfect for them.
As the non-jet-setters try to wrap their heads around this new concept of luxury napping, do you think these nap bars come with a money-back policy for those who aren’t able to sleep during their paid nap sessions?
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